Speeches and Statements
Speeches and statements from the previous administrations are available in the Archive section of our website.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., on Monday, June 3, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at the San Ysidro port of entry, along the San Diego/Tijuana border, engaged a subject with deadly force after he fired multiple gunshots at the CBP officers in an attempt to evade inspection by failing to stop. The subject, a 23-year-old male U.S. citizen, did not survive. CBP officers with EMT training, and other medical personnel on site, provided immediate medical aid to the subject until San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel arrived on scene.
At about 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 3, a white pickup truck arrived at the San Ysidro port of entry, along the San Diego/Tijuana border to enter the United States. The driver failed to stop for an inspection and there was an officer involved shooting.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is cooperating with investigations by other law enforcement agencies. Per CBP policy, the agency will also conduct an internal review of the incident.
According to initial reports, U.S. Border Patrol agents from Del Rio Sector apprehended a woman today after illegally crossing the border in Eagle Pass, Texas, at 6:20. a.m., CDT. The woman collapsed at 6:45 a.m. shortly after arrival to the Eagle Pass South Station. Agents and Officers quickly initiated emergency medical care until Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived at 6:55 a.m. EMS continued emergency care and transported her to a local hospital. Despite all efforts to save the 40-year-old woman’s life, hospital authorities pronounced her deceased.
According to initial reports, U.S. Border Patrol agents from Rio Grande Valley Sector apprehended a man near the border in Roma, Texas, at 12:10 p.m., CDT. Shortly after taking him into custody, agents called Emergency Medical Services after they observed signs that the man was suffering from an apparent seizure at 12:22 p.m. An EMT-certified Border Patrol Agent quickly initiated emergency medical care until EMS arrived at 12:29 p.m. EMS continued emergency care and transported him to a local hospital at 12:45 p.m.
WASHINGTON - A 16-year-old Guatemalan national passed away this morning at the Weslaco Station in the U.S. Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector. According to initial reports, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended and processed the juvenile for illegal entry May 13 near Hidalgo, Texas. He was transferred from the Rio Grande Valley Sector’s Central Processing Center to the Weslaco Border Patrol Station Sunday and due for placement with Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement. He was found un-responsive this morning during a welfare check.
WASHINGTON – Saturday, Acting Commissioner John P. Sanders released the following statement:
Attributable to John P. Sanders, CBP Senior Official Performing the Duties of Commissioner:
Event: March FY 2019 Year to Date Statistics Press Call
Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Time: 2:15 pm EST
Brian Hastings; United States Border Patrol, Chief of Law Enforcement Operations Directorate
Randy J. Howe; Office of Field Operations, Executive Director of Operations
Carlos Diaz; Office of Public Affairs, Acting Media Director
Acting Media Director Carlos Diaz:
U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Laredo Sector encountered a vehicle that failed to yield on Highway 83 south of Rio Bravo, Texas, Friday at 4:02 p.m. EDT. Agents deployed a controlled tire deflation device, and as a result, the driver of the silver GMC pickup truck stopped the vehicle. Multiple subjects then bailed out of the vehicle and into the surrounding brush. Agents apprehended 11 individuals who attempted to flee, including the driver who is a juvenile, U.S. citizen. Additionally, agents encountered an individual in the cab of the truck who was unresponsive.
Attributable to Andrew Meehan, Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs, United States Customs and Border Protection:
Event: Press Conference
Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Time: 9:45 a.m. GMT
Location: On the border, near the intersection of Calleros and Chihuahua roads in El Paso, Texas
Thank you everyone for joining today. My name is Andrew Meehan. I'm the Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs. Per the media advisory, today's press conference is on the dramatic increase in illegal crossings that continue to occur along the Southwest border.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations is temporarily re-assigning up to 750 CBP officers to Border Patrol Sectors that are confronting the unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis on the Southwest border.
The Office of Field Operations is re-assigning CBP officers from ports of entry in the San Diego, Tucson, El Paso and Laredo Field Offices areas of responsibility, which will impact CBP’s ability to process trade and travel.
A man passed away at Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso, Texas, on March 18. U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended the man, a 40-year-old Mexican national, for illegal re-entry after a prior deportation in the pre-dawn hours of March 17.
On Feb. 22, while being processed for release from DHS custody, a 24-year-old Honduran woman went into premature labor and delivered a stillborn baby at the Port Isabel Detention Center (PIDC).
LAREDO, Texas – Sunday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo Sector were fired upon by unidentified individuals while on patrol near the Rio Grande river bank. While patrolling the river bank, agents observed a group of individuals across the river on the banks of Mexico, and were able to determine that one of them was carrying what appeared to be a long firearm. Shortly thereafter, the agents were fired upon and took cover. None of the agents were injured. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and local law enforcement organizations responded to the scene.
A Mexican national previously apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection passed away this morning at McAllen Medical Center in McAllen, Texas. According to initial reporting, a 45-year-old Mexican national was apprehended by United States Border Patrol agents for illegal re-entry on Feb. 2.
EL PASO, Texas. – An eight year-old Guatemalan national previously apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection died shortly after midnight on December 25 at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico.
WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is releasing the details of the death of a child that occurred after being apprehended for illegal entry with her father along the southern border in the El Paso Sector. The Guatemalan government was notified immediately following the child’s death. CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility and the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General is conducting a review. Out of respect to the family of the deceased, CBP did not issue a statement regarding the child’s death at the time of the death.
Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan conducted a short phone call with several members of the news media. Below is a transcript of his opening remarks.
Good afternoon and welcome. I also want to welcome Commanding General [Terrence J.] O’Shaughnessy of U.S. Northern Command.
Attributable to Andrew Meehan, Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs, United States Customs and Border Protection
Statement on Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Arrest
“On Sept. 2, at approximately 9:55 a.m., a U.S. Border Patrol agent assigned to the Eagle Pass, Texas, Station, attempted to arrest a subject near the Rio Grande River. The subject, a 48-year-old Honduran man, assaulted the agent, who shot the subject with his service-issued weapon. The subject was transported to a San Antonio Hospital, for treatment of a gunshot wound to the arm, and was released later that afternoon. Following his release from the hospital, the subject was transported to Eagle Pass South Border Patrol Station for processing according to CBP guidelines.
Since the inception of CBP’s polygraph program, the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has utilized the standard Law Enforcement Pre-employment Test (LEPET) format for all applicant polygraph examinations. In reviewing all aspects of CBP’s hiring process, CBP identified redundancies that existed in its applicant screening among the LEPET, objective database verifications, and Tier 5 background investigation processes.